Be Thou My Vision

It’s 5 days until our national elections and I can’t wait until it’s over. Where is the vision? Where are the inspiring leaders? Where’s the call to action? Never before has an election campaign seemed so banal to me and this from a Political Science graduate! Don’t get me wrong. I value living in a democratic nation and will definitely exercise my right to vote, but it is clearer to me now more than ever that our problems are too big for politicians to solve and I’m not just talking about the European debt crisis! The following story sums it up.

“I am” by G.K. Chesterton

“When a newspaper posed the question, ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ the Catholic thinker G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:

‘Dear Sirs:

I am.

Sincerely Yours,

G. K. Chesterton.’

Chesterton grasped that the root cause of the world’s problems was the human heart. (This doesn’t mean that government or the rule of law doesn’t matter. As Martin Luther King Jr. observed: “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”) If the heart is the issue then we must turn to the one who does change hearts; the one who came in the flesh to show us the way to life and that’s Jesus.

As we allow the life of Jesus to fill our hearts then we become filled with his vision. This is so important because knowing that God holds the vision for our lives prevents us from falling for the limited visions of our earthly leaders. Soak in the following scriptures and allow the vision of God for our lives to flow into your soul:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  (Luke 4:18-19)

 “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne    will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’   ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16-17)

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”   for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)

It is the fulfilment of God’s vision that is the cry of our soul. Nothing less will do. We’re grateful for our governments but we recognise their limitations. The change we seek is nothing less than the renewal of our hearts and the coming of the kingdom in all its fullness. This change has already begun. Already our hearts have been made new and the kingdom has begun through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the coming of his Holy Spirit. We are part of God’s vision for a new humanity and he is our vision. He is the one we seek.

Please take the time to meditate on the words of this classic hymn sung by the brilliant Alison Krauss.

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